About this object

Rectangular wooden coffin formed from irregular planks of wood with a thin application of gesso with inscriptions and decorative details in black. At the head end on the left side are a pair of wedjat eyes, and along the upper edge of the same side is a single line of hieroglyphic inscription with an offering formula invoking Osiris. A corresponding line is found on the right side; the god mentioned this time is Anubis. There are also inscriptions along the upper edges of the head and foot ends, both simply giving the name and title of the deceased: Hetepti, the sole royal ornament, the priestess of Hathor, the daily watcher of Min, acquaintance of the king.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Akhmim
  • Date made
    2345 BC - 2160 BC (Dynasty 6 BC - early First Intermediate Period)
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Hugh Whitaker, by means of Professor Percy Newberry, 1911
  • Collector
    Newberry, Percy Edward; Whitaker, Hugh
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Akhmim
  • Date collected
    1911
  • Measurements
    585 mm x 530 mm x 1800 mm
  • Note
    The coffin was excavated by Percy Newberry and Hugh Whitaker in 1911 in the cliffs to the north-east of Akhmim (in error called el-Hawawish);
    Compare with Diana Magee, 'An Early Middle Kingdom Coffin from Akhmim in the Ashmolean Museum (No. 1911.477)' in JSSEA vol. XIII [4], p.241-248
  • Related people
    Percy Edward Newberry (Collector, previous owner); Hugh Whitaker (Collector, previous owner)
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Publications

  • 'An Early Middle Kingdom Coffin from Akhmim in the Ashmolean Museum (No. 1911.477)', in The Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities vol.13 (1983)

    Magee, Diana

    Author: Magee, Diana
    Publisher: Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities
    Date: 1983
    Description: Diana Magee, 'An Early Middle Kingdom Coffin from Akhmim in the Ashmolean Museum (No. 1911.477)', in The Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities vol.13 (1983) pp.241-248, pls. XXXVI-II.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • 'The Inscribed Tombs of Ekhmim', in Liverpool Annals of Archaeology & Anthropology vol. 4 nos. 2 & 3

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1912
    Description: Percy Newberry, 'The Inscribed Tombs of Ekhmim', in Liverpool Annals of Archaeology & Anthropology vol. 4 nos. 2 & 3 (1911), pp. 99-120. Transcription of some of the text for object no. 13.10.11.26 on page 120 (coffin No. 3)

  • The Rock Tombs of El-Hawawish : the Cemetery of Akhmim volume 9

    Kanawati, Naguib

    Author: Kanawati, Naguib
    Publisher: Mcquarie Ancient History Association
    Date: 1989
    Description:

  • Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume V Upper Egypt: Sites

    Bertha Porter and Rosalind Moss

    Author: Bertha Porter and Rosalind Moss
    Publisher: Griffith Institute
    Date: 1937
    Description: This is 1962 re-issue of the book first published in 1937. This book is available online: http://topbib.griffith.ox.ac.uk//pdf.html

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Percy Edward Newberry

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1911-10-13
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Hugh Whitaker

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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